76ers acquire All- Star Butler
Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Minnesota.
And just like that, Philadelphia has a new Big Three — one that could make serious noise in the Eastern Conference.
A person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced by either team and was still pending NBA approval, which is not expected until Monday.
Justin Patton will also be sent to Philadelphia, and Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second- round pick are also going to Minnesota, the person said.
The Athletic first reported the agreement.
Philadelphia’s “Process” led it to the second round of the playoffs last season behind two of the game’s youngest, brightest stars in big man Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. Butler, an elite wing and out- standing defender, will join them in a quest to rule the Eastern Conference now that Lebron James has left that
league to join the Los Ange
les Lakers following eight straight trips to the NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland.
The first order of business will be making the trade official, something that could come in time to get Butler in uniform for a game at Miami on Monday. The next step for Philadelphia will be coming to an agreement on an extension for Butler, a pending free agent who made clear to Minnesota that he would not be re- signing there in 2019.
Translated: The Wolves had to trade him, or they would lose him for nothing over the summer.
Butler, who turned 29 on Sept. 14, has been an All- Star in each of the last four seasons. There are also concerns, though they clearly didn’t put off Philadelphia. Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five seasons, including a careerhigh 23 games last year while dealing with a knee injury.
Philadelphia will become Butler’s third team, after Chi- cago and Minnesota. He’s a career 16.5 point- per- game scorer, though that is skewed by his first two seasons that were very meager on the scoring front. He’s on pace this season to average at least 20 points for the fifth consecutive year.
“Welcome to the best sports city in America,” quarterback Carson Wentz of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles tweeted to Butler.
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Marc Gasol finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds as Memphis remained undefeated at home. Garrett Temple added 17 for the Grizzlies.
J. J. Redick led the Sixers with 20 points, while Ben Simmons finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. T. J. Mcconnell had 16 points and seven assists, including a key fourth- quarter offensive burst. Joel Embiid had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Philadelphia, but was 4- of- 15 from the field.
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TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored a career- high 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks, improving their league- leading record to 12- 1.
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LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams hit a jumper with .3 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting the Clippers to the victory.
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OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant had 28 points and 11 assists, Quinn Cook scored a season- high 27 in place of injured Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors used another big run in the third quarter to pull away and beat the Brooklyn Nets.
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